By Curtis Rockwell, Sports Editor
The Picayune Item
For the second straight season, Hancock came away as the only unbeaten team in the County Classic that annually kicks off the prep baseball season.
The Hawks beat Pearl River Central 1-0 on Friday night, and then shut down Picayune 10-0 on Saturday.
In Friday's win over the Blue Devils, Zack O'Hearn won a pitchers duel with PRC's Chance Putnam. Both pitchers allowed just four hits. Jeb Malley drove in the only run of the game.
In Saturday's big win over the Maroon Tide, Malley got the win and struck out seven for the Hawks. Hunter Waltman led the Hawks with four hits. Chase Fagan had three hits, while Zach O'Hern and Michael Shubert each had two hits.
Peyton Lee took the loss for Picayune.
Pearl River Central bounced back Saturday to beat Poplarville 6-3. Dylan Spiers picked up the win going the distance on the mound. Putnam had a double and drove in two runs in the win, while Lane Fazende had a pair of hits and drove in a run and Spiers had a double.
Chandler Ray and Drake Hodges had two hits apiece for the Hornets. Blake Ladner took the loss.
On Friday night, Poplarvile's Dandy Dozen standout Zach Houston shut out Picayune 1-0, tossing a one hitter in the process and winning a pitchers duel over the Maroon Tide's Jacob Taylor who also allowed just one hit.
The Hornets scored the only run of the game on a Maroon Tide throwing error.
Picayune and Pearl River Central are slated to return toa ction today, in the Petal Tournament as the Blue Devils face Bay High at 4 p.m., and the Maroon Tide faces the host Panthers at 7 p.m.
Poplarville hosts Ocean Springs at 5 Thursday afternoon at Pearl River Community College.